Jules van Gaalen
Director Hotels | Transactions
License # B1601.002
As Director Transactions at Colliers International Hotels I am based in Amsterdam. I lead the team of professionals responsible for hotel investment advisory services in the Benelux and cross-border in the EMEA region.
Before rejoining Colliers in september 2018, I succesully founded and managed Eminent Real Estate (a boutique real estate family office) from October 2013 untill September 2018. Before founding Eminent Real Estate I was Director of Capital Markets at Colliers managing the Dutch investment services team out of the Amsterdam HQ. Previously I was the Managing Partner of the Eindhoven office.
Before joining RSP/Van Boxtel & Partners Makelaars / Colliers in 2003, I worked as a senior real estate agent/valuer at Clercx Liebau Bedrijfshuisvesting and Van Boxtel & Partners Makelaars, which came after the start of my career in 1995 as a junior real estate agent at Van Engelen Bedrijfsmakelaars in Eindhoven.
Member winning team Colliers University Leadership Track 2010
I studied Management, Economics & Law (Bachelor) at the Fontys Hogeschool in Eindhoven, with a specialization in Real Estate. In 2001 I became a Sworn and Certified Real Estate Agent / Valuer. I also obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in 2002 at NOVAM/Fontys (Netherlands School for Real Estate Management). I was elected Qualified Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 2013.
Memberships & Involvements
- Member of the Royal Institute of Royal Surveyors
- Member of the Dutch Branch Organization of Real Estate Agents (NVM)
- Licensed Commercial Real Estate Broker
- Member of Brabant Real Estate Society
- Member of Rotaryclub Eindhoven - Soeterbeek
- Member of Société des Amis Culinaires
"Jules is a dedicated real estate professional with in depth knowledge of the business. He is accurate, service oriented and well organized. I would certainly recommend Jules as a business partner." by Reinoud Plantenga, Managing Director of Warburg-HIH Invest Benelux B.V.
Head of Hotels Benelux
I am the founder in 2002 of MD Hotel Investments, a succesfull niche hotel corporate finance advisory based in Amsterdam and the co-founder of European Hotel Capital, a private equity international hotel fund. Since June 2013 I joined Colliers in Amsterdam as Director Hotels and specialised in hotel developement advisory, operator search and hotel financing.
Curently I am Head of Hotels Benelux, Member of the Board of Colliers Netherlands and Direcor Alternative Real Estate.
Rewina has experience in working with highly trained professionals and their clients in a national and international environment.
She has experience in successfully supporting the Executive Board and various aspects of marketing & sales.
She is talented, practical and creative in organizing and dealing with pressure. Driven by connecting people and offering services.
Rewina is enthusiastic, with strong attention to detail.
After a successful internship in 2017, I officially joined Colliers in 2018 as Junior Consultant Hotels. My role as Junior Consultant was to support the Senior Consultants with transaction and consultancy assignments. For example, I have been involved in dispositions and acquisitions of hotels, leasing assignments, valuations, feasibility studies and contract negotiations. Besides, I was part of the Colliers Research team until the end of 2020, where I was responsible for collecting and analyzing market data and writing market stories and publications.
Since the beginning of 2020, I have the position of Consultant Hotels, where I primarily focus on the consultancy assignments within the hotel team. This includes guiding rental assignments, conducting feasibility studies and valuations and advising during contract negotiations. Clients are hotel developers, owners and hotel operators.
I gained experience in the hotel industry while working for Marriott International for several years following my study of International Hospitality Management. With Marriott, I worked in Sales & Marketing and Event Operations, gaining much insight into both the strategic and operational processes in the hotel industry. I then completed an MSc in Business Administration at the VU University in Amsterdam and started with Colliers in 2015 as a trainee for the Hotels division. I now work with Colliers as Senior Consultant and have worked on many projects in the Benelux, varying from feasibility studies and development advisory to brokerage.
Works as a valuer in the commercial team at the Valuation department. Since September 2016 I joined Colliers International Netherlands (Amsterdam), within the team Hospitality & International. We are mainly concerned with operation-related properties like Hotels, Restaurants, Pubc, etc.. Previously I worked three years as a valuer with a real estate bank after completing my bachelor Real Estate in Groningen.
Chief Executive Officer | Netherlands
My area of expertise lies in fields such as multi country assigments, strategic marketing, International Business Development, International Private Public Initiatives, hospitality consultancy and corporate finance assignments. My clarity in vision and strategy, leads to tangible results. My focus has been predominantly been on cross border assigments, where I leveraged my extensive entrepreneurial expertise in Europe, the Middle East, India, Brazil and Russia. I have over 30 years experience in hotel operational consulting, initially with a focus on database management & customer loyalty programs as wel as hotel reservation systems in the global market. I have also spent several years in hotel development and real estate financing related areas, where I combined my expertise as hotel operations specialist in my role since late 2009 as Director Hotels for Colliers in the Netherlands as well as Head Of EMEA Hotels for Colliers. Since September 1, 2017 I am Chief Executive officer for Colliers in the Netherlands leading a team of some 300 plus professionals and 4 offices. I am a leader with a clear vision and a large drive to achieve goals.
Hanneke finished her International Hospitality Management education with a specialization in Real Estate. After her education, she gained experience in the hotel industry. She worked for four years as the Assistant General Manager for a 5-star property where she supervised the renovations and operations. In January 2018, Hanneke started with Colliers as a Hotel Valuer. After two years working for the Valuations department, she started working for the Hotel Division of Colliers as a Consultant. She works for both the hotel transactions team as the consultancy and advisory team.
After working in the real estate industry on the investment side for 4 years, I started with Colliers in November 2018. I am a senior consultant on the Hotel team. I advise real estate developers and investors in lease transactions and hotel sales and purchases. The projects I work on vary between trading hotels, hotel developments and transformation projects. Besides selecting the right candidates and coordinating the transaction, I also perform feasibility studies. By analyzing the local hotel market and project specifications, I determine which hotel concepts best suit the project. The feasibility is concluded with a ‘brokers opinion of value’ which is always based on a profit-and-loss forecast for the future hotel.
After obtaining my engineering degree from the Technological University in Delft, I started my career at CBRE Global Investors as a management trainee. I later joined the EMEA separate accounts team which was responsible for the management of a EUR 2 billion pan European portfolio. After two years with CBRE GI, I transferred to Orange Capital Partners to build a retail fund for the investor Goldman Sachs. After the successful acquisition of several retail portfolios throughout the Netherlands, I became a portfolio manager being responsible for a EUR 300 million residential portfolio for investor GIC.
In 2018, I graduated from the Hotelschool The Hague after succesfully defending my thesis about capital structures of start-ups. I worked for Unilever for one year whereafter I decided to quit and I started my own company, Financial8. I worked for different companies within the financial industry as assistant controller. In 2019, I started with my Master in Financial Management at the Vrije Universiteit with focus on Corporate Finance, Real Estate and Mergers and Acquisitions.
In March 2020, I joined the Hotel team of Colliers and I supported my team with valuations, feasibility studies and hotel sale transactions. Besides that, I wrote my master thesis about the influences of macroeconomic factors on the hotel transaction price and volume within Western Europe.
As of July 2020, I officially started as junior consultant at the hotel team of Colliers in which I am mainly focussed on the valuations and hotel sale transactions.